Member Ministries

First English has support ministries in many areas. 


Altar Flowers Sign Up: FELC is pleased to have a local floral designer create the altar flowers that are arranged in honor of or in memory of a loved one.  The cost is $50.  At the Downtown Site, please sign up on the special Altar Flower calendar and send your payment to the church office.  For the North Site, please contact Kristy Howard in the church office and send your payment to the church office. Wedding couples are welcome to leave altar flowers behind if they so wish.  Just  sign up on the calendar and let the church office know that they are arrangements from a weekend wedding. 

 Staff contact: Kristy Howard.


Communion Ministry to Home-bound Members: This ministry often works in conjunction with the Special Friends program. After volunteers receive training on offering communion, they are matched with a home-bound member. Volunteers pick up a communion kit from the altar on the third Sunday of each month and visit the home-bound member to share communion with them. When the volunteers visit our members and share conversation or bring them the bread and wine, they actually are giving them the body and blood of Christ - the greatest gift of all. A bond forms and the peace that only Christ can give is evident. Please consider joining this rewarding ministry.

Staff contact: Jeanne Gronholm.


Fellowship Events: Throughout the year a number of fellowship opportunities are available. See the current FELC newsletter, or view the Forms page to see the current events.

Staff contact: Becky Kallio.


Prayer Chain: In Need of Prayer?  Let us know and we will include you in the prayers of many. For additions to the prayer chain, email Pastor Mary Bauer or fill out a Prayer Request Form.


Prayer Shawl: Prayer Shawls are knit or crocheted by First English Lutheran members and are presented as a blessing from the congregation to those individuals in need of prayer. This may include people who are experiencing grief, serious illness or other difficult circumstances.Distributed by either a pastor or a Prayer Shawl ministry member, shawls have received a group blessing prior to leaving the church and given a handwritten card and prayer to accompany the shawl. Many prayers and blessings are knit into every shawl.  Any pattern is acceptable but a basic pattern is offered in this brochure.  Before you start or as you are knitting or crocheting, remember to weave prayers into the shawl.  Pray for the person by name if you know it. Ask for God to provide healing of body, mind and spirit. Pray for the love of Jesus to surround the shawl recipient. Click here for more information and patterns.

Staff contact: Pastor Mary Bauer.


Special Friends: The Special Friends program is a caring ministry of love and friendship that responds to the needs of home-bound members of FELC. The church staff assist in matching a volunteer with a Special Friend, who is a home-bound member. Ideally, the volunteer makes a visit to their Special Friend’s home each month or makes a connection by calling them. Visitors are touched by the faith, wisdom and knowledge of our elders and home-bound as they keep our church family connected through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Staff contact: Jeanne Gronholm.


Stephen Ministry: The Stephen Ministry provides congregations with the structure, training, and resources to set up and administer a complete system for lay caring ministry (called Stephen Ministry) in the congregation. In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it. Interested? Please download a Stephen Minister application.

Staff contact: Dianne Droster.


Video Ministry: The 8 a.m. Downtown Site worship service is video-recorded to share with our homebound members upon request, and to be archived in the church records. To sponsor a Sunday service, sign up on the calendar on the bulletin board at the Downtown Site. Indicate if you are sponsoring it in honor or in memory of a person or occasion. The cost is $20. If you or someone you know would like to receive a DVD of a worship service, please contact the church office. 

Staff contact: Kristy Howard.

Your Day on the Mission Field Sign Up: Your day on the Mission Field program allows members to support Evangelical Lutheran Church in America missionaries by sponsoring a day in honor or in memory of a loved one.  If you would like to sponsor a day in honor of an individual or event, a sign up calendar is in the Gathering Area. Cost is $20. Please sign up and submit your payment to the church office.

Staff contact: Kristy Howard.